State general revenue shortfall projections

JUNE 1, 2020 | by Bill Bergman, Sheila Weinberg

How large could the shortfall in state government general revenues be, amidst the coronavirus and related crises? 

Farm payments said to raise concerns

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 | ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE | by Jeff Stein

Senior government officials, including some in the White House, privately expressed concerns that a nearly $30 billion bailout for farmers needed stronger legal backing, according to multiple people who participated in the planning.

Public pension funding remains challenging, despite two-year streak of healthy investment returns

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 | REASON FOUNDATION | by Anil Naraula

What does the investment return for Fiscal Year 2018 mean as part of the big picture?

Looking at Arkansas’ high debt burden

AUGUST 16, 2018 | THE ARKANSAS PROJECT | by Marc Kilmer

Are legislators and the governor making wise choices for the financial future of Arkansans? A new report says that the answer to this question is “no.”

Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day: 1,166

JUNE 22, 2018 | BALLOTPEDIA | by Scott Rasmussen

The filing deadlines for candidates to enter state legislative races have already passed in 31 states.

Third wave of the 2017 FSOS is live!

JUNE 19, 2018

See the financial health of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey and South Carolina.

Your state is probably facing a new dawn of public finance problems

APRIL 6, 2017 | THE HILL

U.S. states have entered a new era characterized by chronic budget stress.

California voters approve spending on mega projects

NOVEMBER 10, 2016 | TECHWIRE.NET

By Liz Farmer, includes “… But given Arkansas’ long history of fiscal conservatism, observers say it’s unlikely the state will embark upon a bond bonanza.

Three waves of public debt repudiation in the USA in the 19th century

NOVEMBER 7, 2016 | COMMITTEE FOR THE ABOLITION OF ILLEGITIMATE DEBT

By Eric Touissant, includes "... In the 1830s, four of the United States repudiated their debts - Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and Michigan. 

Fiscal survey of the states

DECEMBER 16, 2015 | NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BUDGET OFFICERS

Enacted state budgets for fiscal 2016 represent a sixth consecutive year of spending and revenue growth, according to this report. 

US-backed pension fund gets 3-year reprieve, Arkansans still receive benefits

OCTOBER 28, 2015 | TALK BUSINESS & POLITICS (ARKANSAS) | by Wesley Brown

The U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) paid out $16.6 million to more than 4,200 Arkansas retirees in failed retirement plans in 2014 as the program’s insolvency has now been delayed for three years. 

Mark Arkansas debt ‘paid in full’

OCTOBER 9, 2014 | ARKANSAS NEWS

Do Independent Voters Need More Independent Candidates?

AUGUST 30, 2013 | IVN | by Bill Bergman

Amidst some disenchantment with both major political parties, the chart above shows, when looking across the 50 states, the share of votes earned by candidates that were not either Democratic or Republican has fallen significantly for U.S. House of Representative elections since 2000.

Arkansas state treasurer resigns in face of federal charges

MAY 29, 2013 | REUTERS

Arkansas' state treasurer resigned on Tuesday, a day after federal authorities charged her with extortion stemming from accusations that she gave a broker state bond business in exchange for repeated cash payments

Announcing final 2011 IFTA data, revisions

DECEMBER 10, 2012

The Institute for Truth in Accounting has prepared final calculations for state financial conditions for the three years ended in fiscal year 2011. Preliminary estimates issued in November have been revised, where necessary, to reflect more complete source material and a final audit of data quality.

Announcing the arrival of preliminary 2011 IFTA data

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

State Data Lab now includes preliminary data computed by the Institute for Truth in Accounting and taken from each state's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). These data include Assets Available to Pay Bills, Total Bills, and Each Taxpayer's Burden or Surplus.

Arkansas ranks 11th in Truth in Accounting 50 State Study

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Each Arkansas taxpayer’s financial burden equals $1,700.